Royal Heights Park to get a green makeover

SURREY – If Surrey’s lack of green makes you feel blue, here’s some good news for you.

Royal Heights Park is set to receive 690 new trees, shrubs, and other plants this Saturday (Sept. 20), and you’re invited to help plant them.

Rayhaneh Kheradbakhsh, regional manager for TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) for the Pacific and Prairie Region, says Surrey is just one site across Canada receiving 50,000 trees for the fifth anniversary of TD Tree Days.

TD FEF works with local communities, environmental organizations, and municipalities to identify urban areas in need of "greening."

"The city (of Surrey) has determined that the park in Surrey is one that needs more trees," said Kheradbakhsh, adding the municipality has decided the variety and quantity that will be planted.

Each site will have planting leaders consisting of TD employees who have volunteered their time for the event.

But volunteers from the community will also be needed to help plant the hundreds of trees and other shrubs at Royal Heights Park this Saturday.

Kheradbakhsh said people should dress according to the weather and have clothing durable enough to handle gardening. Although anyone is welcome to bring their own shovels or gloves, tools and treeplanting equipment will be provided along with participatory T-shirts, snacks, and water.

"So, if it’s your first time planting we’ve got you covered," she said.

Royal Heights Park is located at 9797 115A St. Planting time begins at 9 a.m. To register as a volunteer visit Tdtreedays.com.

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